For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Global Popular Music team has selected a research focus of “Mediating Music”.
Led by associate professor Kyle Adams, the team will spend this year exploring four main axes of inquiry related to mediation:
How can we understand music as one medium in a multimedia world? How do technology and production processes mediate music in essential ways? How does writing about music, or filming music, supplement or change music’s impact and meaning? How can we write well about music, in a way that captures not just what and how music means, its history, and social insertion, but also in a way that acknowledges different groups who consume writing about music? What is the long history and present possibilities of the relation between film and music?
All of these inquiries are designed to get at the heart of one final question: what is the relationship between performance and discourse?